Tottenham’s weak second-string makes Milos Veljkovic’s absence all the more confusing

Tottenham youngster Veljkovic would be the perfect player for Pochettino to call upon.

Spurs are still in the process of building a strong playing squad, utilising young players from their own academy system coupled with potential stars brought in from abroad.

They have a wealth of youth talent in their side, and their Under-21 and Under-18 ranks are filled with players many believe will be good enough to play in the Premier League in the future.

Already the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb are regular first-team players, but there is one problem with the rebuilding of their squad.

Spurs currently have little strength in depth, and the League Cup tie with Arsenal this week proved that Pochettino is lacking in players to call upon as a second-string.

Federico Fazio was called up to the first-team as a central defender, and failed to impress, whilst Eric Dier looked absolutely shattered during the second half due to the incredible number of minutes he has played this season.

There is no real quality depth to call upon, and this begs the question of why one specific youngster is not being used by Pochettino.

Milos Veljkovic has been considered one of the best young players in Tottenham’s academy for a number of years, and his international appearances and various loan spells have done much to back-up this claim.

Of all the players in Tottenham’s squad last season, Veljkovic, 19, was the one expected to make the step up to the first-team set-up this term, and he even enjoyed tournament success over the summer winning the Under-20 World Cup with Serbia.

A centre-back or defensive midfielder, Veljkovic provides cover for the two positions in which Spurs lack most right now, and for all the work he has done, it is hard to believe that Pochettino continues to leave him in the Under-21 selection.

Whether he believes he is not good enough, or simply does not trust the youngster remains to be seen, but it is hard to deny that playing Veljkovic over Fazio or a tired Dier makes sense.

He is young and a prospect for the future, and playing him makes much more sense than a 28-year-old centre-back who has no future at the club..

Veljkovic’s contract runs out at the end of this season, and there are no indications the highly rated youngster is close to agreeing a new deal. If he doesn’t sign a contract before the end of the year, and Pochettino is not keen on playing him, it would be no surprise to see Spurs cash in on Veljkovic in the January transfer window.

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